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News of: Monday, 24th of May, 2010

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Rainwater to recharge underground reservoirs

After over two decades of groundwater level decline, Dhaka Wasa will at last start recharging the aquifers of the capital this monsoon, to save the city from a looming scarcity of supply water, and subsidence of the ground surface.

Rab, police at loggerheads

The police high-ups yesterday scolded senior officials from both police and Rapid Action Battalion for lack of coordination that caused confusion, misunderstanding and image crisis in the law-enforcement agencies.

Musa conquers Everest

Musa Ibrahim has scaled Mount Everest as the first Bangladeshi, said friends and family of the mountaineer.

Make income tax return must for MPs

A parliamentary body yesterday asked the government to make it mandatory for lawmakers, mayors and councillors of city corporations and municipalities, and chairmen, vice chairmen of upazila parishads to submit income tax returns from the next fiscal year to expand the tax net.

Stop harassment of owners, drivers

The High Court yesterday directed the government to stop harassment of owners and drivers during requisition of vehicles in the capital.

8 cops injured in 'militant' attack

At least eight policemen were injured in an attack by unidentified 'militants' during a raid on in the capital's South Dania last night.

Malaysia mulls amnesty again

Malaysia will soon offer an amnesty to the foreign workers, allowing them to return home without facing any penalties, reported a Malaysian newspaper on May 21.

Tongi flyover opens to traffic

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday formally inaugurated Shaheed Ahsanullah Master Flyover on the southern side of Tongi Rail Station.

Investigation on, black box found

Investigators yesterday sifted through the charred wreckage of an Indian passenger plane that overshot the runway and plunged into a ravine, killing 158 people on board.

DB official, 5 other cops sued for 'extortion'

A businessman yesterday filed a case against an assistant commissioner of the Detective Branch of police and five other policemen with a Dhaka court on charge of demanding Tk 20 lakh as “extortion” from him.

Khaleda's petition sent to another HC bench

Chief Justice Mohammad Fazlul Karim yesterday sent BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia's writ petition regarding her Dhaka Cantonment house to another High Court bench.

Rare encounter with warblers

May eighth was a weekend. I hiked through a walking trail leading from the Pallabi housing to the National Botanical Garden at Mirpur. As this garden is full of ups and downs some climbs are definitely arduous.

RO rejects 53 applications for candidacy

A total of 53 applications, seeking candidacy for mayoral and councillor posts in the upcoming Chittagong City Corporation polls, were rejected in the last two days during scrutiny.

Hardrock miners on strike for job regularisation

Miners of Maddhapara Granite Mine Company Limited (MGMCL) in Dinajpur went on an indefinite strike Saturday midnight demanding job regularisation and payment of arrears.

US to give $220m food aid in 5yrs

The US will provide $220 million food aid to Bangladesh in five years from next month.

BNP's hartal observed peacefully in Munshiganj

A dawn-to-dusk hartal enforced in Munshiganj by BNP protesting the killing of one of its activist passed off peacefully yesterday.

Non-students picked for RU unit JCD

Central leaders of Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal yesterday formed a 12-member convening committee of its Rajshahi University unit in which half of the members completed their university studies years ago.

College teacher falls victim to stalking

Teachers of Lalmonirhat Government College observed work abstention yesterday protesting stalking and demanding safety of the teachers.

Rail link with Ctg snapped for 4 hrs

Rail communication with Chittagong and other parts of the country was interrupted for four and a half hours on Sunday morning as a container train derailed midway between Rasulpur and Rajapur railway stations in Comilla.

2 muggers bullet-hit in gunfight

Two muggers received bullet injuries in two separate incidents at Uttara and Motijheel areas in the capital Saturday night and early yesterday.

CID gets 63 more days for probe

A Chittagong court yesterday gave the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) another 63 days to complete investigation into the sensational Chittagong arms haul case.

Khaleda files writ petitions challenging ACC notices

BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia yesterday submitted two separate writ petitions to the High Court (HC) challenging the Anti-corruption Commission (ACC) notices asking her to reply to it on the allegations regarding Ziaur Rahman Charitable Trust and construction of the Bhairab Bridge

BA strike set to go ahead after talks falter

BA cabin crew were set to strike for five days from Monday after talks between the airline's management and union chiefs collapsed.

Yemeni cleric advocates killing US civilians

An American-Yemeni cleric whose Internet sermons are believed to have helped inspire attacks on the US has advocated the killing of American civilians in an al-Qaida video released yesterday.

Qamrul makes U-turn on Zia remarks

State Minister for Law Qamrul Islam yesterday said he, by his previous remarks, did not mean that former president Ziaur Rahman was against the Liberation War.

Fair probe into war crimes going on

Law Minister Shafique Ahmed yesterday said the trial for crimes against humanity will be completed within the tenure of present government, as a very fair investigation into the crimes is going on.

Editorial

Reforming student politics

A roundtable conference on the degenerate state of student politics and the need for regaining the glory once associated with such politics, organised by this newspaper on Saturday, threw up a number of insightful recommendations that merit serious consideration by way of reform priorities. At the outset it was made clear that doing away with student politics is not an option. What is needed is to reform it in a comprehensive fashion so as to create conditions for the restoration of its old glories.

Plane disaster in India

PROFOUNDLY shocked as we are by the Air India Express Boeing tragedy in Mangalore, the worst aviation accident in India since 1996, we express our heartfelt condolences for the families of the deceased. So, stupendous was the impact of the accident that as many as 160 human lives were lost. Seven persons including a Bangladeshi medical girls student survived miraculously on being ejected as the pilot applied the emergency brake.

Sports

Milito shoots Inter to glory

Diego Milito scored both goals as Inter Milan beat Bayern Munich 2-0 in the Champions League final at the Santiago Bernabeu on Saturday as charismatic coach Jose Mourinho engineered an historic treble.

Colly, Broad rested

Andy Flower's stated determination to rest his key players in a bid to avoid burn-out ahead of this winter's Ashes and World Cup became apparent when the squad for next week's first Test against Bangladesh at Lord's was unveiled on Sunday morning. Stuart Broad, the fast bowler with an integral role in all three forms of the game, has been given a break from the front line, while Paul Collingwood -- the man who last week lifted the World Twenty20 trophy in Barbados -- also gets a rest in order to begin rehabilitation on a long-term shoulder injury.

Diego's tryst with destiny

Having already etched his name into World Cup folklore as a player, Diego Maradona's next challenge is to silence the doubters by leading Argentina to glory in South Africa as a coach.

No pools for swimming tourneys

The Bangladesh Swimming Federation has postponed this month's long-range swimming competition, talent hunt programme and next month's national swimming championship following the unavailability of the swimming pools.

Arambagh leap three places

Sylhet's Beanibazar recorded their third victory in the Bangladesh League, but could not avert the relegation zone while Arambagh leapfrogged from ninth to sixth position through their sixth triumph yesterday.

Stand against evil acts: Salahuddin

Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) president Kazi Salahuddin yesterday made an emotional appeal to the national footballers to raise a campaign from their respective positions against the evil acts of 'compromised and fixed matches'.

Agrani take early lead

Agrani Bank maintained their winning run in the Bashundhara Senior Division Football League as the bankers defeated Victoria 2-0 in the day's lone match at the Birshreshtha Shaheed Mostafa Kamal Stadium in Kamalapur yesterday.

Shuvo, Rasel stifle WI A

Sohrawordi Shuvo's four-wicket haul was the perfect foil for Syed Rasel's opening burst that propped Bangladesh A on the opening day of the second and final unofficial Test against West Indies A at BKSP in Savar yesterday.

Dawn of a new era

WORLD CUP 1978 CONTINUED
The second stage saw the Dutch reunited with the West Germans in a repeat of the final of 1974. It took a late goal from Rene van de Kerkhof to secure a draw against them but the group's real threat was the Italians, for whom Bettega and Paolo Rossi formed a strong strike partnership ahead of the usual tough banks of defence and midfield.

The Special effect

Two years ago Roberto Mancini was fired as coach of Inter Milan and replaced by Jose Mourinho, who was given a clear mandate: turn this team into Champions League winners.

Will it be a sixth for Brazil?

Condemned to win; condemned to do it by entertaining.

Mourinho sets his sights on Madrid

Jose Mourinho guided Inter Milan to Champions League glory and then confirmed he will hold talks with Real Madrid on Monday.

Diarra blow for France

France's World Cup preparations were dealt a blow on Saturday when key defensive midfielder Lassana Diarra was ruled out of the tournament with an intestinal problem.

Bittersweet Italian press

The Italian press on Sunday hailed the "legendary" Inter Milan that beat 2-0 Bayern Munich to win the Champions League, but turned bittersweet at coach Jose Mourinho's decision to leave the team.

Int'l help to meet challenges of food security sought

Food and Disaster Management Minister Dr Muhammad Abdur Razzaque yesterday sought international cooperation to meet challenges of food security in the backdrop of the climate change.

Kuznetsova cruises

There's something about playing her first match as the defending champion at a Grand Slam tournament that brings out the worst in Svetlana Kuznetsova.

Local Snippets

Grand Master (GM) Enamul Hossain Rajib and FM Mehdi Hasan Parag both earned full two points to share the lead along with other 44 players in the 2nd SCS International Open Grand Master Chess Tournament that began Saturday at Bhubaneswar in India.

Hashim, AB propel SA

Hashim Amla and AB de Villiers scored hundreds as South Africa defeated West Indies by 66 runs in their rain-affected first one-day international on Saturday.

Raina sees it as an opportunity

Suresh Raina, India's stand-in captain for the tri-series in Zimbabwe, has said the tour is "an excellent opportunity" for the younger players selected in place of resting or injured seniors to stake a claim for a regular spot in the national line-up.

Kiwis crush Lankans

New Zealand beat Sri Lanka by 28 runs in the first of two Twenty20 matches on Saturday as international cricket made an historic attempt to break into the American market.

Afridi's yes to Tests

Pakistan's dashing all-rounder Shahid Afridi said on Saturday he would end his self-imposed exile from Test cricket, saying he was now ready to play the longer form of the game for his country.

Business

Transparency in PPP projects hits focus

Economists and other experts have suggested greater transparency, clear profit-risk sharing, and government-led project proposals to vitalise public-private partnership (PPP) programmes.

Stocks sprint to new high

A bullish run continued in stockmarket for a sixth day. The key index rose to a new height and crossed the 6,000 points mark for the first time yesterday.

Expatriates' bank in sight

Expatriates will get loans from the proposed Probashi Kalyan Bank at a maximum of 10 percent interest rate.

EBL raises Tk 57cr for Giant Textiles

Eastern Bank has arranged a syndicated term loan of Tk 57 crore for Giant Textiles Ltd, a concern of Giant Group.

Regulation: To be or not to be

An oft-repeated phrase in Keynesian economic discourses is ensuring a 'level playing field' in a laissez-faire market. Since all major political parties and governments here in recent memory have espoused a liberal open-market policy, the issue of having a level playing field for all has been a constant topic of discussion.

Retailers' India dilemma

Lush green fields greet visitors to the agricultural heartland in Punjab, some dotted with tall bundles of paddy covered with black tarpaulin, exposed to the sun, the occasional thundershower and rodents.

Seminar suggests long-term farm policy

A suggestion came at a pre-budget discussion yesterday that the government should undertake a long-term farm policy.

Quick execution of power projects stressed

Former finance adviser Dr AB Mirza Azizul Islam yesterday asked the government for quick implementation of the power projects to improve the present crisis.

Greece casts a wide net for investors

Greece is casting a wide net for investors in China, the Arab world and even old rival Turkey in a desperate bid to revive its flagging economy and soften the impact of hugely unpopular debt cuts.

Law to protect EPZ worker rights demanded

Trade union leaders, activists and NGO workers yesterday expressed concerns over slow progress in passing a worker association ordinance in parliament.

India allows cotton exports under licence

India has allowed export of cotton under licence just as new plantings begin and a month after it halted shipment registration to rein in domestic prices, an official with the textile ministry told the news agency.

More subscribers log on to BTCL broadband

The broadband internet subscription of Bangladesh Telecommunications Company Ltd (BTCL) soared 83 percent in April from a month ago because of reduced charges.

Corporate Briefs

PUBALI BANK
The bank's Board of Directors has decided to change of the denomination of shares from Tk 100 to Tk 10 and change the lot size from five shares to 25. The bank also decided to change the relevant clauses of its memorandum and articles of the association. The schedule of the EGM will be notified later. The properties of the bank will be re-valued by appointing an external surveyor or firm to approximate the fair value of the properties.

Euro requires more regulation

European Central Bank chief Jean-Claude Trichet insisted Saturday that the euro was a credible currency but said tighter regulation was needed of banks, markets and government policies.

Australia says door open on changes to mining 'super tax’

Australia signalled Sunday it is open to compromise on the controversial plan to tax the "super profits" of the Asian-driven mining boom but insisted the 40 percent headline rate will stay.

China textile firm to control Japan's Renown

Chinese textile company Shandong Ruyi is planning to become the top shareholder of struggling Japanese apparel maker Renown Inc., reports said Sunday.

Pope, ECB chief slam govts over debt crisis

Europe's central bank chief and Pope Benedict XVI Saturday hit out at spendthrift governments and "irresponsible" speculators as investors battered the euro over fears of unsustainable debts.

US antitrust agency clears Google bid for AdMob

US antitrust regulators gave Internet search titan Google a green light to acquire mobile advertising network firm AdMob, saying the deal was unlikely to harm competition.

New MD for Sonali Bank

Md Humayun Kabir joined Sonali Bank Ltd as managing director and chief executive officer on Thursday, the bank said in a statement.

CSE starts road-show for ITS

The Chittagong Stock Exchange (CSE) yesterday started a roadshow from Sylhet to make internet trading service (ITS) popular among local and expatriate investors.

Metropolitan

Step up govt-NGO coordination to protect climate migrants

Raising awareness among the community members and decentralising the administration are imperative to maintaining preparedness to respond to climate change, speakers said at a policy dialogue yesterday.

Mass inquiry commission to try 1/11 actors in public

BNP leader Barrister Moudud Ahmed yesterday said a national mass inquiry commission will be formed soon with representatives of different professional groups to try six actors in public of 1/11 “illegal” caretaker government.

Domestic worker commits suicide

A teenage domestic help yesterday committed suicide at the residence of a police officer at the Ramna Police Complex in the city.

BNP's hartal observed peacefully in Munshiganj

A dawn-to-dusk hartal enforced in Munshiganj by BNP protesting the killing of one of its activists passed off peacefully yesterday.

Award giving ceremony June 5

Rural Services Foundation (RSF) has recently announced the names of winners of its environment quiz contest for SSC examinees, says a press release.

2 army officers promoted to lieutenant general

Bangladesh Army has got two more lieutenant generals as Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday approved the promotion of Major General M Mainul Islam and Major General Mollah Fazle Akbar, said a source in the army on condition of anonymity.

'Ensure proper management of medical waste'

Bangladesh Environmental Lawyers Association (Bela) yesterday issued a legal notice asking the government to ensure proper management of medical waste and close down illegal medical centres in the city.

Road crashes kill 2

Two young men were killed and one was injured as an autorickshaw collided with a Mymensingh-bound bus at Bangra in Kalihati yesterday.

Khaleda's call to officials aims to impede development: PM

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday accused opposition leader Khaleda Zia of warning officials not to sign files in order to impede development, saying that such threat could not halt the current pace of development.

'Implement RTI law to ensure transparency'

Proper implementation of the Right to Information (RTI) law is a must to ensure transparency in development programmes, Prof Muzaffer Ahmad said at a roundtable yesterday.

Indigenous people's mode of work lesson for others

President Zillur Rahman yesterday called for taking integrated efforts of all, including the indigenous people, for holistic development of the country.

Call for long-term rehabilitation

Speakers at a policy dialogue on cyclone Aila yesterday called upon the government, development partners and the international community to reconstruct the embankments with an updated embankment policy.

HC asks govt to submit report on steps to stop piracy

The High Court (HC) yesterday directed the government to submit a report on the steps it has taken to stop piracy of audio and video films and other documents every month to this court.

Babar appeals for bail

Detained former state minister for home Lutfozzaman Babar yesterday filed an appeal seeking bail with a Dhaka Sessions Court in connection with August 21, 2004 grenade attack case.

Continuation of dev projects by successive govts stressed

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has underscored the continuation of development projects by successive governments for the greater interest of the country as well as the people.

Call to bring all tobacco products under tax net

Speakers at a roundtable discussion yesterday urged the government to bring all sorts of tobacco products under the Tobacco Control Act and the tax net to control their widespread use.

Cop's motorbike runs over seven-year-old boy

A seven-year-old boy was killed when a police officer's motorbike hit him at village Bandherhat in Bera, Pabna, yesterday morning.

Students protest evening course

The students of the computer science and engineering department at the Dhaka University formed a human chain in protest against the decision of launching an evening master's programme.

Collective efforts a must to tackle natural calamities in S Asia

President Zillur Rahman yesterday emphasised collective initiatives to tackle the natural calamities like flood, draught, earthquake and Tsunami as well as environmental degradation through exchange of weather and climate data among the South Asian countries.

One found dead

Sabujbagh police recovered the body of a labourer from the premises of Kamalapur stadium in the city yesterday.

2 muggers injured in gunfight

Two muggers received bullet injuries in two separate incidents at Uttara and Motijheel areas in the capital Saturday night and early yesterday.

BNP trying to foil war crimes trial: Enamul

Minister for Social Welfare Enamul Haque Mostafa Shaheed yesterday said the main opposition is trying to foil the trial of those actively involved in the heinous crimes

National

Four children die, 500 more taken to hospital in a week

About five hundred child patients have been admitted to Thakurgaon Sadar Hospital and four upazila health complexes in the district as pneumonia, diarrhoea and cold related diseases went up due mainly to fluctuation of temperature during day and night.

Death of student in road mishap triggers protest

Death of a college student in a road accident triggered violent protest yesterday at Barnali crossing in the city.

Computers for students gathering dust

One hundred and twenty five sets of computers, meant for distribution to 85 colleges, high schools and madrasas in Bogra district, have been lying idle for months in the store of Bogra Zila Parishad.

Jamaat men beaten up by BCL, Jubo League

At least 15 Jamaat men, including the ameer of the party's Patuakhali district unit, were injured in an attack by BCL and Jubo league activists at Baufal upazila headquarters yesterday.

Bogra motor workers at odds with rivals

Bogra District Motor Workers' Union yesterday threatened to call an indefinite transport strike if the union's former president Kamrul Islam Baju was not arrested for 'fuelling' clash on May 19 between the union leaders and workers in the town.

10 bombs seized in Jessore,Thakurgaon: 2 arrested

Police recovered 10 bombs from Sharsha upazila in Jessore and Thakurgaon town yesterday.

Fresh cracks in earth in 2 Rajshahi UZs

Fresh cracks appeared on lands in Manda upazila of Naogaon and in Godagari upazila of Rajshahi districts under Barind tract on Sunday.

JU medical centre plagued by a host of problems

The lone medical centre at Jahangirnagar University is facing various problems due to negligence and inadequate funds causing untold suffering to the resident students, teachers, officials and employees.

Villagers attack police for arresting thief

Two policemen were injured in an attack by villagers when they went to arrest an accused at Nijpara village in Sadar upazila yesterday.

Seven robbers caught red-handed

Seven robbers were arrested while looting businessmen near Mongalmajhi-Sattar Matbor ghat in the Padma river in Jazira upazila early yesterday.

FF murdered in Comilla

A freedom fighter (FF) was beaten to death by a neighbour over a trifling matter at Mohammadpur village in Debidwar upazila on Friday night. The deceased was identified as Abdur Rashid, an elderly freedom fighter of the village. Locals said there was a longstanding enmity between Abdur Rashid and his neighbour Abul Kalam. On the fateful night, Abul Kalam beat Rashid mercilessly following a hot exchange of words leaving him dead on the spot.

Muggers stab two

A gang of muggers stabbed a photographer and his employee at Lamagaon Bazaar in Tahirpur upazila and looted cash and valuables from them on Friday. The injured photographer, Ruhul Amin, 22, a photocopy shop owner at the bazaar and his employee Dilu Miah were rushed to the upazila health complex in critical condition. Sources said local criminals Rubel Miah and Kala Miah along with their 4/5 accomplices attacked them while they were going to take photographs at Lamagaon village at about 2:30 pm. Later, the criminals stabbed them indiscriminately and snatched Tk 35,000 in cash, a digital camera and two mobile phone sets from them.

Schoolboy drowns

A school student while taking bath along with fellow students drowned in Kaptai Lake on Thursday. The deceased was identified as Aghra Jyoti Majumder, a class X student of William Kerry School of Chittagong. A group of students of the school, in a study tour, came to the district on Thursday afternoon. Locals said, Aghra along with other students went to the lake near Rangamati Parjatan Motel to take bath in the evening and suddenly he drowned as he did not know how to swim. After hectic search from Thursday night, the divers of Navy recovered the body at 12:45pm Friday.

Container train derails

Train communication on Dhaka-Chittagong, Dhaka-Sylhet-Chittagong, Dhaka-Chandpur, Dhaka- Noakhali routes came to a halt in the morning as a compartment of the container train derailed here. Railway sources said the compartment of the Dhaka-bound container express train from Chittagong derailed in between Sadar Rasulpur and Rajapur rail stations at about 9:00 am. Being informed, a relief train from Akhaura rushed to the spot to carry out salvage operation.

Letters

Dying lifeline

Our country is an agricultural one. The prosperity of agriculture depends on rivers. The rivers, in short, are the sources of our wealth as well. Regrettably, the rivers are presently being grabbed by some unscrupulous and influential encroachers. Water of the rivers is being gradually polluted by the wastes dumped by mills and factories.

Malnutrition

In Bangladesh, malnutrition is caused by multiple factors. The immediate causes are diseases and inadequate intake of food. The underlying causes of malnutrition include the inability of households to grow and/or purchase sufficient foods for meeting their needs; poor maternal and child-care practices, including inadequate breastfeeding and complementary feeding for infants and young children and inadequate provision of food for adolescent girls and pregnant and lactating women.

Artificial ripening of fruits

The season of summer comes with a plate of different delicious fruits. As the season has already set in, different types of fruits are now available in our markets.

Nuclear power plant

The government is soon going to sign a deal with Russia for setting up a nuclear power plant in Bangladesh. As a matter of fact, we are not against it. However, we urge upon the government to take a technical decision on the matter, rather than a political or bureaucratic decision. Nuclear power plant is a very complex establishment and we have virtually no experience about it. So, before embarking upon the project please do prepare a feasibility report on the project. Nuclear power plant is a water hungry project. Estimate the water requirement for the project and see whether the location, presumably Rooppur, which is in the driest part of Bangladesh may have such huge source of water to cater to the needs of the plant. Globally, nuclear power projects are located far away from human habitation for obvious reasons. In India, all their nuclear projects are in the desert areas. Bangladesh has no desert and it is the most densely populated country in the world. Whether a nuclear project will be feasible in such a populous country that needs to be assessed with the utmost importance. How we are going to dump the radioactive nuclear fuel wastes? What is the source of fuel i.e. enriched uranium? Are we going to be subservient to a particular country for source of fuel which is knowingly available with only Russia, USA, UK, and France? The planning process also demands a feasibility study to be made before undertaking any such a billion dollar project. The study will address all aspects of the project including capacity, source of fuel, reactor building technology, radioactive waste dumping method, investment and operation cost, cost of generation, profitability, comparison with conventional power plants, life of the plant, combating hazards and accident, environmental impact etc.

Save agricultural land

At present, real estate business is becoming tremendously popular. Developers destroy cultivable land for making high-rise building. If this situation goes on, what will be happen to our next generation? A statistical report said that Bangladesh would lose all its cultivable land by 2050, if we do not keep things under control.

VoIP and budget

In this era, till to date we have been unable to adopt a most up to date technology --voice over internet protocol (VoIP). The real scenario proves that it has huge demand in market. So, the businessmen are being involved in this illegal business. Unfortunately, successive governments have totally failed to take necessary and timely steps in this regard. Yes, they have taken some steps to confiscate the instruments, arrest some involved people. Besides, they have stopped investment of thousands of crores of taka and banned licence of some companies. Is it a realistic approach? Certainly not.

Begum Zia on war crimes

The other day Begum Zia again made her position clear that she is dead against the trial of war criminals (local collaborators of Pakistani soldiers) as she said that bringing the criminals to justice would 'divide the nation'. The nation is already divided between pro-BNP and pro-AL, and there is no denying that late Ziaur Rahman did sow the seed of division by forsaking the ideals of our liberation war, by amending the constitution and by rehabilitating the members of the banned religious parties (anti-state elements). He made it possible for the number one war criminal Golam Azam, a Pakistani citizen, to come to Dhaka and gave him all protection. He made Shah Azizur Rahman who led the Pakistani delegation to the UN in 1971 to thwart the birth of this nation as Independent Bangladesh, the Prime Minister, and some Rajakars were made his cabinet ministers. Remember, Begum Zia only followed the suit of her late husband and accorded Golam Azam Bangladeshi citizenship and made the latter's disciples, Nizami and Mojaheed, who worked with the Pakistani soldiers to save their beloved Pakistan, ministers. In Begum Zia's first term of rule one of the most celebrated and venerated ladies of Bangladesh, Jahan Ara Imam formed Ghatak Dalal Nirmul Committee and in 1994 held a public trial in the Race Course (now Suhrawardy Uddayan) and with endorsement of lakhs of people present she awarded symbolic capital punishment to Golam Azam and gong. Begum Zia, with the same mindset of her late husband, brought treason charges against Jahanara Imam and other members of the GDNC. To please the collaborators and their master Pakistan, Begum Zia did not withdraw the case as she kept no secret about her prejudice with the ant- state elements and Jahanara Imam died with the treason charge on her person.

Hard or soft copy!

The 'computrese' language is rather at contradiction with physical realities! Any writing stored in the 'computer disc', known as 'CD' is called 'Soft Copy'. For reading in paper it is usually printed out. However the printed out copy; unexplainably, is called 'Hard Copy'; while the material retained in the computer CD, is called 'Soft Copy"! Funnily enough, the 'Hard Copy', is printed in soft paper; while the original copy in the hard computer disc (CD) is called 'Soft Copy"! What a paradox in computerese vocabulary, in the words chosen to represent these copies, in two places!

Environment Day

This 5 June, World Environment Day will be observed nationwide through various programmes arranged by different organisations. But this day is not significant only for the people related to such associations or clubs, rather for all and sundry. Because we all share the same earth and if the environment continues to get damaged, all will be affected equally.

Directory of women leaders

This refers to a news item in The Daily Star of the 16th instant.

Mobile butcher

More or less everybody residing in Dhaka is familiar with the sight of different kinds of vendors, so am I.

State mechanism

Political scientist Rousseau in his 'Social Contract' mentioned that people create state through the common will for emancipating themselves from brutal & unruly life. True enough. People create state for leading a calm & peaceful life. But, in effect, the existing state system coveys a different message. Rape, slaughter, mutilation are very common phenomena in our modern democratic state. State mechanism makes us corrupt, dishonest & unruly. No jobs ( in most cases) & licences can be obtained without paying something. For example- motorcycle driving licence is mandatory to get a job in some non-governmental organisations. But it is not easy to get through fair means.

WIEF language

I have checked the official website of the WIEF to find out exactly what the official languages of the organisation are. I am sorry to say that I failed to get the information. I would appreciate if any readers would kindly help me giving the said information. I wonder whether Bangla could be added to the list for us to speak in Bangla more eloquently and add necessary extempore beyond the official script written by the speech writer for our leader participating in the conference.

Foot bridge at Banani

Some buses coming to and from Dhaka stop at zebra crossing, Banani. Besides, people also need to cross the road at that point. But it is very difficult to cross the road because of the heavy movement of the speeding traffic. There is zebra crossing, there are some traffic policemen to help people cross the road, but these are inadequate in absence of a foot bridge. Such bridge has multiple advantages--traffic can move uninterrupted and thereby people can save time. Secondly, people can cross the road safely through such bridge.

Irene Khan

International human rights advocate Irene Khan has joined DS. That's great news for us.

Robbing the poor!

As part of his budget plan, California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has proposed eliminating IHSS, the state's fastest-growing social services program, which pays caregivers to help the disabled and the frail elderly. Nearly half a million disabled Californians get subsidized home care.

ACC

The cabinet recently decided that laws are going to be amended pertaining to the Anti-Corruption Commission's power to file a case against any government official regarding his/her corruption. The proposed law may weaken the power of the existing commission, as the commission will be required to take permission from the ministry concerned prior to filing a case against government officials. If the cases are proved false, the complainant will face dire consequences, with up to five-year rigorous imprisonment. The idea may not help contain pervasive corruption prevailing in every nook and cranny of society, and the govt's dream of digitalizing the country will remain a dream only.

Digital Bangladesh and we

Digital Bangladesh is now the dream of all citizens of the country, as it was one of the pledges in the last election announced by the AL-led grand alliance that resulted in landslide victory in the ninth JS election 2009.But the recent news report published in The Daily star on May 10 regarding digital Bangladesh is really discouraging for the present govt. In fact it has proved that they have not made much headway on this point, but people of the country are very much overwhelmed by the word ''digital''. Of course, it is a right step taken by our honourable prime minister to make our country digitalised by 2021.

Fate of NU

The government's plan of abolishing National University (NU) and that of bringing the colleges affiliated with it under public universities, in the wake of widespread instances of its mismanagement, inefficiency and corruption revolving around the autonomous institution, is frustrating. NU, established in 1992, started its mission with an eye to bringing all the University-Colleges under it, so as to make academic activities convenient for the students of these colleges.

Communicative English!

From class III to class XII the course title of English is “English For Today”. It is also known as Communicative English. The main purpose of this course is to communicate with others smartly in English. The textbooks are designed very richly which contain an adequate commonly used vocabulary along with many effective instructions. For example work in pair, make a dialogue, use your own sentence etc. But not to speak of English teachers in rural areas, the urban teachers do not communicate in English with the learners in class. They have little special training regarding this course and they are very indifferent to communication with students. Because they come from traditional syllabus. For these reasons, enthusiastic students are running after spoken English courses.

House rent

The High Court asked the government to enforce the Law of House Rent on 17 May and you ran an editorial on the issue, which is undoubtedly thankworthy. But the common dialect of the old Dhaka is “Magar, Sarkar kisui karbar parbonaikka”the government cannot do anything .

Student politics

The students & teachers of Bengal were conscious from the pre-partition days. Bengal took the lead in the struggle for political emancipation & self-determination.

Rushanara Ali

Rushanara Ali has been elected to House of Commons from the Labour Party. She retakes the seat for her party.

International

Air crash puts focus on India infrastructure

An air crash in India that killed 158 people has underlined fears about safety gaps in the country's booming airline industry and raised doubts about whether infrastructure can keep pace with rapid economic growth.

Japan PM apologises over Okinawa U-turn

Japanese Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama yesterday apologised for breaking his election pledge to relocate an unpopular US military base on Okinawa, which had soured ties with Washington.

An Indian loses 16 relatives in Air India crash

An Indian man lost 16 family members who were travelling home to attend the funeral of another relative in the Dubai-Mangalore crash of an Air India airliner, the Khaleej Times reported yesterday.

Meles set for easy re-election in Ethiopia

Ethiopians began voting in legislative elections yesterday as Prime Minister Meles Zenawi appeared set to extend his 19-year-old rule over sub-Saharan Africa's second most populous country.

Iran to ditch fuel plan if new US sanctions

Iran will abandon an atomic fuel swap plan brokered by Turkey and Brazil if the United States imposes new sanctions on the Islamic state, Iran's parliament speaker said yesterday.

Hillary arrives in Beijing for talks on trade, security

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton arrived in Beijing yesterday ahead of talks with Chinese leaders on trade issues and security threats including renewed tensions on the Korean peninsula.

South Korea to take ship case to UN

South Korea said yesterday it would take the case of its sunken naval vessel to the UN Security Council in a bid to tighten the economic vice on impoverished North Korea after accusing it of torpedoing the ship.

Thai PM extends curfew, no polls until unrest over

Thailand's prime minister yesterday extended a nighttime curfew in the capital and said he will consider early elections only after the violence that has wracked the nation for the past two months is completely over.

Taliban show defiance with attacks on Nato bases

The Taliban said yesterday they were behind an attack on Nato's main base in southern Afghanistan, the third on international forces in a week, showing their determination to meet fire with fire.

Jiangxi province landslide derails train, killing 19

A landslide has caused the derailment of a passenger train in southeast China yesterday, with at least 19 people killed and 71 injured.

China road crash kills 32

Thirty-two people were killed when a truck travelling in the wrong direction on an expressway collided head-on with a bus in northeastern China yesterday, state-run Xinhua news agency reported.

15 Somalis killed in presidential palace attack

Islamist militants attacked Somalia's presidential compound and other government positions in the capital yesterday, and at least 15 people were killed and 30 others wounded, officials and witnesses said.

Gaza assailants vandalise UN summer camp

Armed assailants in black masks burned and vandalized a UN summer camp site Sunday and left behind three bullets next to written death threats against UN officials -- the latest escalation of tensions between Islamic extremists and UN representatives in Hamas-ruled Gaza.

Pak soldier killed in border firing

A Pakistani soldier was killed yesterday in firing allegedly by Indian troops at the border between the South Asian rivals in disputed Kashmir, the military said.

Mine blast kills five civilians in Afghanistan

Five Afghan civilians were killed when an anti-tank mine left over from the Soviet invasion exploded as they were digging on their farmland, the interior ministry said yesterday.

Arts & Entertainment

Society for Promotion of Bangladesh Art honours artist Monirul Islam

Society for Promotion of Bangladesh Art (SPBA) held a reception on May 22 at the Westin Hotel, Dhaka to honour veteran painter Monirul Islam on being conferred the Cross of Officer of the Order of Queen Isabella. Arturo Manuel Perez Martinez, Spanish Ambassador to Bangladesh, was the chief guest of the programme.

Feroza Begum to receive lifetime achievement award

Channel i will be honouring veteran Nazrul singer and exponent Feroza Begum with a lifetime achievement award on the occasion of the National Poet's 111th birth anniversary. The announcement was made at a press conference at the channel's Tejgaon office yesterday.

Cannes finale: Festival readies for awards night

Three past winners of the top prize at the Cannes Film Festival -- Ken Loach, Mike Leigh and Abbas Kiarostami -- are in the running for the same award again as 19 films compete at the world's premier cinema showcase.

Trishal gears up for Nazrul birth anniversary celebration

The national celebration of the 111th birth anniversary of National Poet Kazi Nazrul Islam will be observed in Trishal. The three-day programme will begin on May 25 at Nazrul Mancha (stage). The celebration is being jointly organised by the Ministry of Cultural Affairs and Mymensingh district administration.

“Swapnik Adda”: Film screening in Faridpur

A four-day long film screening, titled “Swapnik Adda”, was held at Kobi Jasimuddin Hall in Faridpur from May 20 to 23.

Cultural programme in Khagrachhari

Artistes of Hill Star Musical group performed songs, dance and recited religious poems over a two-hour long cultural programme organised by Sanaton Chhatra Jubo Parishad at the premises of Shishu Government Primary school under Sadar upazila in Khagrachhari on May 21.

Cultural scene warms up

A fortnight long workshop on poem recitation, music, dance and drama began on May 15 in Kurigram. The Kurigram district unit of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy has organised the programme, with an objective to develop high calibre artistes.

A whitewash for “Prince of Persia” and “The Last Airbender”

Since its release, the video game franchise Prince of Persia has become notable for the acrobatic grace of its dagger-wielding, balloon pants-wearing hero as well as for what the games didn't do: affront gamers of Middle Eastern and Muslim descent with stereotypical depictions of people from the region as terrorists or religious zealots.

OP-ED

Appraising our MDGs

NINE years have passed since the United Nations adopted the Millennium Declaration, which gave rise to the Millennium Development Goals. Since then, countries around the world have worked tirelessly to reach these goals. A few countries in Asia have been very successful in implementing these goals; others have made satisfactory progress and a few are still lagging behind the rest. Using a few different sources one can begin to understand what's going on in Bangladesh with regard to the MDGs.

The crash of expectations

THE coincidence should be humbling: The stark tragedy of an Air India crash occurred on the day when UPA2 was due to announce a grand list of achievements in its first year of office. For at least half of this time the only vibe emerging from this administration suggests that it is an accident waiting to crash. More sleaze has been smeared over its reputation in the last five months than in the first five years of Dr. Manmohan Singh's prime ministership. If A. Raja is today synonymous with corruption, then civil aviation has become the epitome of waste, glad-handing, smarmy middlemen and self-destruction.


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